Lichens of New Zealand: An Introductory Illustrated Guide

Allison Knight

The Lichen Guide can be downloaded (PDF, 107MB) in full colour here!

The new updated list of name changes is available here.


A5, 56 pp, full colour.

Published by the Botanical Society of Otago, using the Audrey Eagle Botanical Publishing Fund.

This introductory guide celebrates the extraordinary diversity of New Zealand lichens with full colour images of over 250 common lichen species, plus a glossary illustrating over 60 useful identifying features. Species are divided into 4 colour-coded ecosystems and displayed in order of the three main growth forms.

New Zealand is exceptionally rich in lichens and harbours around 10% of the world's lichen species. They are an important, yet often overlooked, component of every ecosystem from the seashore to the mountaintops and contribute over 1800 taxa to New Zealand’s biodiversity—nearly as many species as seed plants.

2022 reprint with updated names

(over 20% of the names have changed. Find the list of changes here.)

Still only NZ $20/copy. To purcahse:

Pick up: 9am to 11am or 2pm to 4 pm at the Department of Botany Office, 464 Great King St., Dunedin North, New Zealand. Only CORRECT CHANGE or Cheques, please. Cheques payable to Botanical Society of Otago. Or order in advance by Internet banking ( Westpac Account No: 03 0905 0029158 00, Code: Lichen Guide, Reference: Your name)

Postal orders: add Postage and packing: 1–2 copies @ $3; 3–6 copies @ $5; 7–12 copies @ $7

Pay by Internet Banking as above or send cheque, as above, to: Treasurer, BSO, PO Box 6214, Dunedin North 9059. Be sure to enclose or email your delivery address to

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